When the legislature is in session, nothing compares to the effectiveness of city officials testifying at the Capitol. City officials who take their time to travel to Austin to speak out on important city issues should be applauded by us all.

Among the city officials who recently testified in front of legislative committees are the following:

  • Tommy Gonzales, City Manager, Irving
  • Robert Lowry, Arlington
  • Ray Lopez, Councilmember, San Antonio
  • Michael Talbot, City Manager, Bastrop
  • Todd Renshaw, Police Department, Frisco
  • Robert Finn, Department of Public Safety, Southlake
  • Gilbert Palacios, Fire Department, Houston
  • Michael Dirden, Police Department Arson Unit Chief, Houston
  • Jay Cairns, Councilmember, Uvalde
  • Steve Griffith, Assistant City Manager, Sugarland
  • Sylvia Firth, Director of Government Affairs, El Paso
  • Jesus Garza, City Administrator, Von Ormy
  • Landon Stalling, Fire Marshal, Fort Worth
  • Darrin Hall, Intergovernmental Relations, Houston
  • John Cabrales, Intergovernmental Relations, Denton
  • A.C. Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager, Dallas,
  • Miguel Ozuna, Human Resources Director, Cedar Park
  • Michael Wolfe, Mayor, Hempstead
  • John Cueller, Councilmember, Weslaco
  • Bruce Pearson, Cibolo
  • Charles Zech, Cibolo 
  • John Bierschwale, Assistant City Manager, Schertz
  • Randy Burkett, Traffic Engineer, Fort Worth
  • Gary Schatz, Traffic Engineer,  Austin
  • Brian Gruetzner, Police Department, Austin
  • Floyd Akers, City Attorney, Pflugerville

While TML monitors most hearings, we won’t catch the testimony of every city official. If we missed your testimony or the testimony of another official in your city, please contact us at the following e-mail address and we will include your name in the next edition of the TML Legislative Update:

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